Carrying On A Tradition

Bridgehampton senior Jonny DeGroot.

With a 6-1 win over Southampton April 17, the East Hampton/Pierson/Bridgehampton boys tennis team secured its fifth straight League VIII title. The Bonackers earned sole possession with one game left in the season, a home match against Southold/Greenport April 30 at 4:30 PM. The team previously topped the Settlers 6-1 on their court.

The last two seasons, East Hampton shared the title with Westhampton Beach. If the Bonackers win their final match they’ll have finished the season undefeated, 10-0, in league play and 11-1 overall. Currently, East Hampton is 51-2 over the last five years.

Coach Kevin McConville switched his lineup for the second straight match against Southampton. Ravi MacGurn, playing at No. 1 singles, defeated Duke Fagan 6-3, 6-3. Luke Louchheim won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles to continue his undefeated streak, Max Astilean won by the same score at third singles, and Brad Drubych won 6-1, 6-0 at fourth.

In doubles, Jonny DeGroot, typically a No. 1 singles player, paired up with Jaedon Glasstein to nearly shut out Southampton’s De La Cruz and Billy Hattrick, 6-0, 6-1; and John Jimenez and Jackson LaRose won their third doubles match 6-4, 4-6, 10-8. Southampton’s Michael Daffy and Ruben Schneiderman defeated Matthew McGovern and Miles Clark at second doubles, 6-4, 6-3, for the Mariners’ lone match point.

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